Are you a blogging trendsetter? You don’t have to be a trendsetter, but you there are blog trends to keep up with that just might make you a better blogger, a more proficient blogger or a more visible blogger. Who doesn’t want that?
Here are blog trends to keep up with
We bloggers are solitary creatures. I consider myself an ambivert. I gain energy from being with people… up to a point. After that point, I need to go home, be alone and recharge. As a blogger, though, I know I need to get up, get dressed and get out of the house. A writer cannot live in a vacuum. You need to keep up with the latest trends and technology. That doesn’t mean you need to jump on every trend or use the latest technology, but you should at least have an awareness of what they are.
Whether you’re writing about writing, about pets, swimming pools or accounting, you need to build a community of like-minded individuals. Your community should also encompass those outside of your area of expertise. If you attend meetings and events outside of your niche, you open yourself to new ideas and potentially to new clients.
If you’re not convinced you need a community, here are some reasons to consider:
- Find an accountability partner or mentor
- Grow your circle of influencers
- Cultivate relationships
- Be the go-to expert in your niche
- Find guest bloggers or become a guest blogger
Step away from the computer
This may seem counterintuitive if you’re looking to grow your blog platform, but there are times when going offline makes sense. Reconnecting with friends, family and the community at large will help refresh and rejuvenate your creativity.
Also, if you’re stepping away from the computer it is the ideal time to take a walk, pet a dog, do something physically active. A healthy entrepreneur is a happier entrepreneur.
Staying off of electronics before bedtime will also help you sleep better.
Be a voracious reader
Think you don’t have time to read? You need to make time to read. Pick up a book or newspaper or read a blog post while you eat breakfast or lunch. Read while you’re waiting for the kids to get off the school bus. Read while you’re waiting for an appointment to begin. Reading will inspire your own creativity. Reading will let you see what others are writing about. Reading might just jumpstart a new idea for a blog post.
Shake up your routine
Having a routine is nice for the writer or blogger as it helps you keep up with your posting schedule, BUT shaking up your routine just might bring in more readers.
Is there something you have always wanted to blog about but didn’t because it wasn’t within your niche? Take a chance and write that blog post. It might be a new passion and who knows, your readers just might love it! You’ll never know until you try.
Get into a rhythm
Just as it takes 21 days to build a habit, so too will it take some time to build your blogging or writing rhythm. Decide how often you’re going to blog, write it on your calendar or use your time-blocking techniques to assure you get it done.
Let your readers know that you will be posting three days a week and then stick to the schedule. We are creatures of habit and if we know we can see a new post from you three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we will plan to visit your site and see what you have to say. If, however, you stop posting or start posting only one day a week we may forget to come back and check for the latest post and you will have lost a reader.
What routing blogging activities do you regularly perform? Do you need to shake up your routine? Do you need to get into a routine?
Do you need help getting into a blogging rhythm? Email me and ask me about time blocking for bloggers.